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't think you can trust -- >> senate majority leader harry reid says he hopes gun legislation will come out of the judiciary committee but he was noncommittal over whether he would sign an assault weapons ban. >> would you vote for it? >> frankly, she knows, i haven't read her amendment, i didn't vote for the assault weapons last time because it didn't make sense but i'll take a look at it. >> i will bring in "washington post" columnist ruth marcus and senior staff writer for "the hill" alex bolton. good monday morning to both of you. ruth, this is the president's first big sell to the american people. what do you think he needs to say here? >> well, the president said he was going to give it everything he's got. i think what he needs to say is look, don't listen to the nra, listen to logic or listen to the nra from a number of years ago when it supported universal background checks. i think that there are three issues here in order of likelihood. one is background checks which has huge support and makes complete sense. one is limits on magazine sizes which i completely think the administra
everybody this is at the feet of harry reid in the senate right now to move on this, and he appeared this weekend with abc's george stephanopoulos. take a listen to his thoughts. >> how about restrictions on high capacity magazines for ammunition? >> i think that's something we definitely have to take a look at. >> take a look or vote for? >> let's see what it is. >> sir, in your opinion, do you think that right now the best approach is going to be agreement on both sides of the aisle on small steps and that small step being potential for universal background checks as opposed to talking about the assault style weapons ban and magazine clips? >> well, first, i want to give president obama high marks for continuing to make gun control a top priority of his administration, especially so early on. whenever you talk about gun-related issues, it gets my attention. i was a 16-year-old police cadet when i was in the police locker room one afternoon getting ready to go on my shift and a police officer's gun accidentally went off and the bullet went through my neck and severed my spinal cord.
as assault weapons, may be unrealistic. this is according to a reid aide. again, i get back to harry reid really being the key point person to be able to take through feinstein's newly introduced bill and any other type of measures that the president would like to see put through the senate first. do you think, though, that harry reid being a pro-gun democrat, is the best person to helm this through the senate side? >> you were just talking about members of the house and senate in a vacuum, some of that may be true but i believe the president's strategy is the right one by going right to the american people and making the case that we need universal background checks eliminating the loopholes at gun shows that don't require background checks, going to the american people, talking about an assault weapons ban and also banning high capacity magazines, in an effort to continue to raise awareness, i'm sure the president will talk about this in the state of the union and to help build momentum, i'm organizing an effort with my colleagues, asking members of congress and the house anyway, to giv
they have been very silent on this issue in terms of where they are going. harry reid, look at the number of democrats up for re-election. the president has to get his own party's house in order before they can proceed to get a political victory. >> interesting. speaking of harry reid, i want to play a clip from him. he's asked if he would vote for dianne feinstein's plan. >> i didn't vote for assault weapons last time because it didn't make sense. i'll take a look at it. >> restrictions on high capacity magazines? >> i think it's something we have to look at. >> take a look or vote for? >> let's see what it is. i have been supported by the nra on occasion. i know wayne lapierre. he's been extremely pleasant with me. we have a good relationship. i am not here to demean the organization. >> if the democratic senate majority cannot give a full support, how will it pass in. >> a couple things. harry reid along with a number of democrats and republicans, and there are plenty of republican that is have been quiet on this as well. politically speaking, they are taking a step back, waiting to le
a nationwide gun registry, but there are positive signs for majority leader in the senate harry reid and from judiciary chair pat leahy. when it comes to assault ban doing away with assault bans, that doesn't seem to be in very good shape. vice president biden who led the discussion says his major priority is clips and magazines limiting the amount of each. that, too is not very favorable. so when you talk about the whole gamut, it seems that background checks and especially that loophole in gun shows stands the best chance. >> is it lost on anyone in this debate that a background check wouldn't have stopped newtown? the kid got his guns from his mom. >> well, people feel that, of course, there will be exceptions, but as the president said and i think rightly so, that if they can cut in any way the chances of something happening, it's never going to be 100% foolproof. they're going to try to make an attempt. they want to produce some legislation, brian, that changes the dynamic. >> now is senate majority leader harry reid from a pro gun state going to be an effective leader on this? >> well,
majority leader harry reid had to switch his vote to know to bring the vote back up again after the senate comes back from recess. you have a lot of republican senators who said as recently as last week that they did not want to see the choice filibuster. even if they wanted to vote no, he at least deserved an uptown vote to be approved. there was no precedent -- precedent to filibuster president's choice like this. the republicans decided they wanted to try to use this vote as a way to extract more information from the white house on the issues like the terrorist attack on benghazi in september. they submitted to passing hagel when they come back. it way you're looking at, is delaying the inevitable. chuck hagel will be confirmed as defense secretary. he is just going to get to wait 11 days. to me, it seems like you should confirm him, because you're going to confirm him anyway. it is just another delay in what the senate is trying to do. harry reid set a new vote for tuesday, in 11 days. what do republicans want to see in the meantime? guest: they say they would like answers again from t
and brennan. harry reid said he's not going to recognize the hold. i think it has to be worked out behind closed doors on capitol hill. my understanding is they're hoping for a hagel vote tomorrow. i know brennan has the votes on the floor to win. it is a question of when it comes up for a vote. >> bill: senator feinstein announcing yesterday or this morning that she is scheduling a vote on john brennan in the senate intelligence committee but not until they come back. they're out next week. for whatever reason, right? valentine's day. i don't know. that's presidents' day week, of course. the week after that, when they come back that she will -- she'll schedule a vote. and then tomorrow, the president is going to -- >> chicago. >> bill: and then to florida too, i believe. >> he's taking a little presidents' day get away in florida over the weekend. before then, he's going to chicago. the topic there is what he calls the ladders the middle class the various programs to help get people jobs and better-paying jobs but i think he will also make a big pitch for his gun violence package in chic
even further. it culminated in a moment just before boehner and senator harry reid went into a meeting in the oval office. >> these guys are going into the meeting with the president. boehner has just been humiliated by his own people with the plan b debacle. and he tells harry reid to go (bleep) himself. >> and reid looks up and he says, "what? excuse me?" and boehner says it again. >> hey, listen, senator reid and i are close friends. we've got to work together. but just like any close friends, sometimes you just need to clear the air. and we did. >> narrator: boehner would now watch from the sidelines as senate minority leader mitch mcconnell and vice president joe biden again worked out a last- minute deal. >> we've seen this drama so many times now, it's almost like it's just an accepted part of the script. things go on and then they fall apart. then there's the 911 call, either from mcconnell to biden or biden to mcconnell. >> narrator: on new year's eve, mcconnell outlined the stopgap measure. >> and i can report that we've reached an agreement on all of the tax issues. >> narra
and a universal background check. senate majority leader harry reid says he's thinking bin doresing the backed checks but he's not to too ke, n on a ban on assault weapons. martha: he suggested that might not good over too well with his constituents. thank you very much. >> more on that now. republicans not the only ones questioning gun control measures. even the senate's top democrat is not sold on the idea. senate majority leader harry reid says he's willing to push for mow extensive background checks but he's not sure if he'll actually vote to bana salt weapons and high capacity a ammunition magazines, take a listen. >> i didn't volt for the assault weapons last night because it didn't make sense. i'll take a look eight. we need to take a look at federal trafficking. i think that everyone acknowledges we should do background checks. >> reareid must strike a delicate balance while following the president's lead without alienating nevada's balance. >> a navy seal was gunned down thousands of miles from any battlefield. chris kyle and a friend were shot and killed at a gun range in texas over
assault rifles the president will face tougher opposition even with his own power. harry reid would consider it but did not commit. >> i didn't vote for all the weapons last time because it didn't make sense. i will take a look at it. >> background checks and a greater focus on those with mental illness who battle mental illness. right now those are the areas that seem to be most likely as we are on capitol hill. >>> before his stop in minneapolis the president sat down with cbs yesterday for a pregame interview. >> despite last week's dismal economic numbers the president says he is confident the economy is on its way up. >> the reason the economy shrank a little bit despite manufacturing is going strong car sales are up. truth is, overall there were a lot of positives to the economy. the big problem is defense spending was cut 22 percent. it was the biggest drop in 42 years. it was very abrupt. it had to do with folks being worried about the possible impacts of the fiscal cliff and what goes on in washington. what i have said repeatedly is washington cannot continually operate und
. they could care less. >> senate majority leader harry reid says he is willing to take a hook at new laws. he voted against the last assault weapons been. >>> a looming deadline over the debt will be extended for now. the debate over raising the nation's more than $16 trillion federal borrowing limit is set to resume later on this year. >>> some potential causes have been ruled out but officials still are not sure what caused a more than half an hour plaqueout at this year's super bowl. the manager of the superdome says beyonce's high-powered half time performance is not to blame. her crew brought their own generator and the stadium was not drawing any more power than it does during a normal saints game. however, concerns were raised about the potential for a power outage months before the super bowl according to documents released by the state board that oversees the facility. >> can't blame beyonce for that one. >>> what better way to celebrate a super bowl win than with a trip to disney world. joe flacco spent some time with the big mouse himself before another big appearance last night. >
hill is the assault weapons ban, something even the senate's top democrats, majority leader harry reid has not endorsed. >> i didn't vote for the assault weapons last time because it didn't make sense but i'll take a look at it. >> reporter: kelly says congress needs to pass the ban. >> i know the value of having an assault weapon. it's to kill a lot of people very quickly. i think there are -- i think they're way too readily available. >> reporter: lapierre says semiautomatic guns help keep america safe. susan mcginnis, cbs news, washington. >>> president owe bap ma says the -- president obama says the boy scouts should be open to all boys, including those who are gay. the president praised scouting as an organization which offers opportunities and says no one should be excluded. >> the scouts are a great institution that are promoting young people and exposing them to opportunities and leadership that will serve people for the rest of their lives. i think that nobody should be barred for that. >> we found out last week- - >> [indiscernible] -- banning gays from scouting. >>> 4:35 now
, he would sit down with harry reid and begin to address our problems. >> we will talk to local lawmakers, congressman rob whitman of virginia and congressman chris van hollen of maryland with their perspective on the likelihood of a deal being done on time. >>> the man accused in the mother-daughter murders are in prince george's county will have to be retried. a judge declared a mistrial in the case against jason scott on a technicality. the bodies of dolores and ebony dewitt were found in the trunk of a stolen, burned out car in october of 2009. the retrial is set to tart in october. >>> also in this morning's top stories, d.c. police are asking everyone to take a look at newly released surveillance video in hope of solving a deadly hit and run t shows a vehicle police believe was involved in the incident. it happened in the 100 block of m treat northwest. 20-year-old darnell christopher ross was killed. if you have any information in this case, please call d.c. police. >>> more action could come soon to move gun control reform forward. we'll tell what you congress is conside
would sit down with harry reid and begin to address our problems. the house has acted twice. we shouldn't have to act a third time before the senate begins to do their work. >> reporter: later this morning, president obama will continue his public campaign against the sequester. he will be going to the newport news shipyard which is expected to be heavily impacted by the sequester and some of those budget cuts. virginia as we know is heavily dependent on defense spending and it will be one of the hardest hit from these budget cutbacks. >> thank you. >>> in other news this morning, the search continues in the murder of a couple. police are looking for john wesley jeffries. they believe he beat nelson slack and his wife ethel to death in their home on saturday. >>> also in this morning's top stories, d.c. police are asking everyone to take a close look at some newly released surveillance video in the hopes that this will help them solve a deadly harp case. it shows the vehicle police say was involved in the incident. it happened just after 10:30:00 p.m. on saturday, february 16th in the 1
with senate majority leader harry reid. >> there's a lack of willingness to compromise on the hill and nothing has to happen until it absolutely has to happen. >> the politicking the new normal for a democratic system this is bad. we hope the legislators will be able to put the politics aside sit at the table and come to some agreement. >> they have until march 1st to reach the agreement. the president told reporters hope springs eternal. in washington nicole killian wbal-tv 11 news. >> if marmarch 1st comes and goy are preparing a cut back plan that would drastically reduce the number of air traffic controllers on the job nationwide. 5 airport towers would shut down in easton, frederick, hagarstown and salisbury. it would eliminate dozens of overnight shifts in the faa's 40,000 employees starting in april. >> it is 33 degrees. help for patients in the late stages of breast cancer. we will have the latest drug. >> they haven't gone the way of twinkies. coming up why the baltimore are in short supply around town. >> first, look outside john collins has your 11 insta weather plus forecast next.
whether i vote for that budget or vote against that budget. the fact that harry reid's senate and that harry reid himself has gotten in the way of a former really good budget chairman not passing a budget is shameful. and now you have the president saying, well, i'm against the sequester cuts. well, okay, great. what are you going to replace them with? i don't know. no specifics. they never give specifics. >> so i don't know, because i was working on my column and talking to a couple different people in the white house yesterday. and they were talking about the president's statement yesterday. and he is saying to republicans, come meet with him. anytime. they can come right now. and he will work on a deal. it can be a smaller deal if we can't make the sequestration deadline. and it can involve spending and revenue and a mix, and that they haven't taken their toys and walked away. they've offered $400 billion in health care cuts and other things. the republicans have other ideas, come on over to the white house. put them on the table. let's make a small deal. if we can't get to
and harry reid and the hl said in the last few days we don't have a spending problem. this will hurt in places. at the end of the day it's unclear how much people will blame the president or the republicans for what. they think we have a spending problem. >> great thing about everybody wants, thinks ve a revenue problem. spending problem. this is great until it's their thing that got cut. my job or my social security or medicare or whatever the cut is. everybody thinking we have a spending problem until it happens. the cuts come and price to play and then we blame somebody. there is blame on both sides but that is the politics. >> bret: does it happen? >> i think there will be -- we have sequestration. >> does it happen? >> absolutely. we needed presidential leadership for 18 months to avoid this. the president is nowhere, never presented a plan. last week they asked in congress testimony what is the number attached to the president's plan and he said we have never seen a president plan. avoid it. >> thank you. coming up, sig, assigning blamer war crimes in syria. [ male announcer ]
that allowing it to dip below $970 billion. farmer aide to harry reid says the argument over government finances will only go so far. >> a couple of weeks ago i would told you we'd suffer shutdown of government but the likely outcome is for congress to kick the can down the road on the continuing resolution or c.r. keeps most if not all the sequester in place. >> once that is cleared it won't be long until they bump in the debt ceiling in august of 2011 led to creation of the upcoming sequester cut. the white house continues calling for tax revenue. >> no question we need to reduce the testify is it forward. the president put forward plan to achieve that goal and it has routinely consistently included balance. >> the g.o.p. view of course is that the president got his tax increase in the focus on the upcoming matters should be on cutting spending. if the impact is overblown, many republicans believe it will give them leverage in the next fights. >> bret: it could be a long few months. thanks. the senate finance committee will vote on the nomination as jack lew as treasury secretary tomorrow. he
to be the check on law abiding people all over this country. >> the democratic senate majority leader harry reid says he supports the second amendment as well as universal background checks but he is not going to let the nra get in his way just because they resist it doesn't mean. we have special interest groups that come in and complain about things we don't listen to them -- we will listen to them and make the right decision. >> reid says the senate might soon debate assault weapons ban. something congressman woman gabriel giffords husband argued for today. >> i spent 2 a 5 years in the military. i know the value of having an assault weapon. it's to kill a lot of people very quickly. i think they are way too readily available. i think in time we will be able to address those issues. >> wayne lappier from the nra said today forcing existing laws would go a long way in reducing gun violence so would rounding up gangs in places like chicago. harris? >> peter, thank you. a man on vacation hand gliding in florida when something went very wrong. it's our top story as we go across america. florida. p
they support wider background checks. harry reid just got behind background checks. he said the senate will likely introduce a gun bill next month, but that's no guarantee of progress. conservative lawmakers and the gun lobby still oppose any new gun laws. this is likely the first of several trips the president will make to further his gun control campaign. tomorrow lawmakers will introduce the first bipartisan gun bill in the house the that bill will focus on gun tracking and also penalties for those who buy gun foss convicted felons. reporting live, i'm danielle leigh, news4. >>> secretary of state john kerry is vowing to protect diplomats overseas. he wall street greeted with cheers on his first day at the state department. he noted the deaths of ambassador stevens and three other americans during the attack in benghazi in september. >> i know everybody here still mourns that loss, and we will. so i pledge to you this -- i will not let their patriotism and their bravery be obscured by politics. >> secretary kerry also paid tribute to hillary clinton for her leadership. >>> new orlea
the weekend. harry reid threw his support behind background checks. head said in a month the senate will likely release a new gun control bill, but conservative lawmakers and also gun lobbyists, and people opposed to any new gun legislation still say they have not swayed on any their opinions. they are against new any restrictions on guns. >> the nation's new secretary of state says it's his top priority to make sure that u.s. diplomats are protected abroad. former senator john kerry started his new job today by introducing himself to the staff at the state department. he's the son of a diplomat and spoke of his time as a child in post-war berlin. he also noted there has not been a man in his job in eight years. condoleezza rice, and hillary clinton proceeded him. he joked that he has in his words big heels to fill. >> yes, he does. >>> why a local law school is asking prospective students whether they are gale. seven days later, a little boy is still held hostage, the new request from the 5-year-old who is being kept in an underground bunker. >>> why reducing your junk mail would h
and the senate? caller: harry reid of nevada is a gun owner, democratic leader. mitch mcconnell of kentucky, as i recall. we did not get an answer at all from john boehner, the house speaker. nancy pelosi does not own a gun. host: what about the chairman of the house judiciary and senate judiciary committees? the legislation is going to go to them. host: that is -- caller: that is one of the most interesting ones. senator leahy is a gun owner, but he is also a very strong advocate for gun control. he will be delivering one of the key points in the debate. their committees are likely to be the first out the door with legislation. there will be interesting things coming from some unlikely he, coming from vermont, who lives in a state where gun ownership is not all that unusual. it will be interesting to see if he can thread the needle between a healthy respect for guns and a healthy concern for guns and gun safety. i think that he will be a very interesting player to watch. host: let me conclude by asking how you interpreted the president's remarks yesterday in minneapolis. what does that mean for
was serious, he would sit down with harry reid and begin to address our problems. the house has acted twice. we should not have to act the third time before the senate begins to do their work. guest: speaker boehner was the chairman of the education committee when i sat on there when i first came to the congress. he is usually a very reasonable person. i think some of that was a little bit of politics. i do not seek the president using our armed men and women as props. certainly, i think there is some gamesmanship going on by both sides the bottom line is -- and both sides could the bottom line is, speaker boehner, there are many people that want to be at the table with you and want to start to make smart cuts -- both sides. the bottom line is, speaker boehner, there are many people that want to be at the table with you and want to start making smart cuts. if we need to save defense, if we cannot cut deeply to defense, then sit down with us and decide how much from defense is really fat and waste right now, and let's figure out how we make up the rest of that money. that is called a new rev
, and the reason why it was 58 votes is because harry reid switched his vote to no soap the senate can bring it back up again. you have a lot of republican senators who were saying last week that they did not want to see it go up in filibuster. at least it would be an up-down of the to be approved. there was no precedent to filibuster a choice like this. and the republicans decided they wanted to use this vote as a way to extract more information from the white house on issues like the terrorist attack in benghazi in september, and so they are committed to passing a goal when they come back. the way you are looking at it, it is a tedious exercise in delaying the inevitable. chuck hagel will be confirmed. he will just have to wait 11 days. you should confirm him because you are going to confirm him anyway. it is just another delay in what the senate is trying to do. host: harry reid set a new vote for tuesday, in 11 days. what do republicans want to see in the meantime? guest: they say they would like answers again from the white house, more details about what the president did and did not do
, the head of the judiciary committee on the house side. "when senate majority leader harry reid says there has to be a path to citizenship, i wonder whether he's serious about doing immigration reform. you have to come at this with a willingness to look at all the options and find common ground." this is all on the heels of that bipartisan senate group that came forward with what they think is best for immigration reform. is the house really going to be an obstacle moving forward, chip, and not being on board? we know they've got their hearing that's taking place as we speak. >> we'll learn a little bit about what the house wanted to do with eric cantor and his speech, and the rebranding of the republican party. but first, thomas, congratulations on a big win on sunday. that was a great game. >> thank you, sir, i'm running out of purple. >> i'll send you some more. but for immigration in the house, we need to talk about what we believe in, and celebrate immigrants, and talk about how we do legal immigration, and make sure that people not only have -- the reason they break into this c
is a prime example in places like new york, new jersey, california. gun control is popular. but harry reid also has democratic members from places like west virgina, arkansas, louisiana, and alaska where gun control can be dirty words. here is senator reid speaking recently about his conversation with california's dianne feinstein about an assault weapons ban. >> she's talked to me about her assault weapons ban, a new one. she believes in it fervently and i admire her for that. i will take a look at that. as i have indicated to you folks, we'll have votes on all kinds of issues dealing with guns and i think everyone will be well-sized to read the legislation before they determine how they're to vote for it. >> reporter: so a tricky act ahead for senator reid as he balances risking his members and their re-election bids in 2014 and 2016 and going ahead with the president's agenda. bottom line, he has some serious work ahead and it will be interesting to see what comes out from the president's pep talk with members today. jenna? jenna: i know you read all the legislation by the way before an
with the nra is harry reid. i don't know if he's still a member, he was a member at one point. i wonder if you characterize the nra relationship with harry reid own the years and also talk about what you have communicated about over the past few weeks with the man who will decide on whether a gun restriction law is bill is brought to the floor of the senate. >> i'm not our lobbyist. any recent conversations with senator reid would not be really within my -- i have not personally talked to senator reid. we had a relatively friendly relationship with the senator over time. we did not endorse him for re-election. we didn't endorse his opponent either. we supported him at the primary level last time. he has been, when firearms legislation has not been the priority of his president, he's a partisan leader, she's been responsive to constituents in nevada and has been relatively friendly on second amendment issues. he's under incredible pressure right now. he's got, as any member of congress or senator does, he has his own beliefs. he has the views and the demands of his constituents on the one hand,
mentioned democrats better members of your organization it seems maybe the most prominent is harry reid. or maybe at one point* for my kid you characterize your relationship with him over the years and talk about what you communicated over the past few weeks with the man who will decide whether a gun restrictions lot is brought to the floor? >> i am not our lobbyist so in recent conversation with not be within my, i have not personally talked with senator reid. we have a relatively friendly relationship over time. we did not endorse him for reelection or his opponent but we did support him that the primary level last time. when firearms legislation has not been a priority, after all he is a partisan leader he has been responsive to his constituents of nevada and relatively friendly on second amendment issues. he is tendered bridal pressure right now because as any member of congress, he has his own beliefs, the views of his constituents, of the pressure as the party leader, the president of the other, where harry reid and that is in nobody's guess and that is a guessing game right now.
a budget by the first monday of february. senator harry reid said the gun legislation in the senate will include magazine size and background checks, but it would not seek a ban on military-style assault weapons. an amendment could be included to cover that. the president heads to minneapolis to discuss gun control. and the cost of the 2012 elections are in. the final price tag is estimated at $7 billion. according to the consumer confidence index, half the respondents said that the financial crisis went under the labour retirement plan. we are interested in hearing from you if the financial crisis delay your retirement. want to give us a call, the numbers are on your screen. for republicans, 202-585-3881. for democrats, 202-585-3880. for independents, 202-585-3882. if you want to reach out to us on social media, you can send us a tweet at twitter.com/c-spanwj. around 40 people so far responding on facebook. and you can send us an e-mail to journal@c-span.org. the survey that was mentioned talks a little bit about respondents' and what they were asked about as far as their retiremen
or whatever. they laid this on harry reid and that's how it all got started. he is -- so i says obama is lying basically is what he is saying, you know. he is dead wrong. the sequester did not start with jack lew. it are started back in 1985 with graham-rudman. >> that's when they first had the sequester for that round of budget cuts. so it's an idea that's been around. yes, as jay carney has pointed out, if there was a meeting with the white house, would the republicans remember who were holding up refuses to do anything about raising the debt ceiling because they said we have to have a lodge-term deficit reduction plan: the president said we will appoint this committee. >> i am having bad flashbacks >> bill: we were this and they said how do we know the super committee is going to do its job and jack lew said i remember something that they did 25 years ago or whatever called a sequester. the republicans said we like that idea. we will hold this giant rock above people's heads that will fall on their heads if they don't do hair job. the republicans e
scheduled a meeting with john boehner and mitch mcconnell and nancy pelosi and harry reid tomorrow, not until tomorrow. tomorrow morning at the white house to see if there's any way as a last-minute measure, that they could at least delay the sequester and avoid it kicking in. doesn't look like that will happen. we've got lots to talk about. we start off this hour talking about the day. today, the last day for pope benedict xvith. what does that mean for the catholic church in terms of the success, in terms of the direction of the church. and james salt is the executive director of catholics united. good friend of the program. james, good to see you again. >> thanks for having us. >> bill: thanks for coming in to find out the latest intrigue from the vatican. there is a lot going on. >> you don't say. >> bill: more politics than there is inside the full court press. we've got our own sheriff. peter ogborn and dan henning. >> it is pretty shady in here. >> bill: do you have your red slippers on? >> insider politics. >> bill: and phil backert has the phones. cyprian bowlding our vide
it should in its own process. senator harry reid, the majority leader, says whatever investigation should go forward, but he backs bob menendez. savannah? >> kelly o'donnell on the hill for us. now here's matt. >>> gas prices are rising again this morning, the national average jumping another cent overnight to 3.53 for unleaded regular. also a 17-cent hike in just a week. tom costello takes a look at the reasons why. tom, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, matt. yes, we hear you in california and new york and illinois and vermont. we know you're paying a lot more there, of course. you can blame a lot of things here. for the beginning, refinery shutdowns, a shift over to summer blends and a perception on wall street that the economy is picking up. it is all the talk from coast to coast, those pump prices. >> i don't even want to like know the amount at the end of the week because i don't want to get depressed. >> i'm going to drive a lot less for now, i know that for sure. >> you're wasting like 60 bucks a week. >> reporter: several refineries are down for maintenance, a supply shortage
to cut back on the number used. after harry reid said the republicans were filibustering hagel, he called for a vote yesterday. cloture, filibuster, what is it? >> cloture is a maneuver to limit debate to essentially end a filibuster. >> to get to the vote already? >> to get to the vote. a filibuster is where you're delaying and you keep talking or keep having procedural delays to keep something from passing or from being -- someone from being confirmed. i'll say this, is one of the conundrums the republicans have been having is that sometimes senator reid will actually file a motion for cloture to limit debate when there hasn't actually been a filibuster present. >> some are crying foul on that. back to the nomination, is it a smoke screen of sorts to bring up issues that you mentioned, talking about the attack in libya, and other issues before? have we not gone through these sort of hearings, or is this legitimate, legitimate concerns republicans need answers before a vote can happen? >> well, this is the way the process works. i was talking a couple of days ago to senator lindsey graha
. majority leader harry reid hates it. 13 majority leader harry reid hates it. they created it. imagine how the rest of us feel about it. somehow our leaders cannot seem to figure a way out of it. we all agree the country needs to find a more sustainable fiscal path. in my view, we need a balanced approach, as wes said, that includes both spending and revenues. cuts in spending should focus on programs a growing the most, not on discretionary spending, which is not growing, is not the problem, and yet has already borne the brunt of cuts. the discretionary spending is a part of the budget where america's future lies, including such investment as research and education. cutting invesart ent in our fute is not the way to solve this problem. yet that is exactly what the sequester will do. there is a better way. we have talked about the impact of the sequester on an economy that is still recovering. i want to focus on the longer term, the economy and the nation that we will leave to our children, our grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. the research being cut with the sequester affects long-t
have barack obama who is a democrat, president of the united states. then we have harry reid who is the majority leader. so the democrats are in control of both. now, if you think back at what happened back in -- during the last bush administration, we had exactly the reverse. george bush was president of the united states and the democrats were a minority. same situation. so what happened? first of all, we had bolton come up, john bolton. same thing, subjected to a 60-vote margin. we had steve -- dirk kempthorne. all remember dirk kempthorne. there are a lot of people who did not approve of him. he was appointed by bush, a republican, and then when he came over here, the democrats didn't like him, they subjected him to a 60-vote margin. that wasn't a filibuster. this isn't a filibuster today. people are trying to say that and blame me as being the bad guy that's causing a filibuster. it's not the case at all. any more than it was the case back in the 2005-2006 and other times when we had a nominee that was put forth by president bush. it was objected to by the democrats. now, di
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